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Pioneer is now open for worship in its Sanctuary. Sabbath Schools remain meeting digitally or in smaller off-site groups at this time. For details regarding prevention measures in place and the COVID-19 Pioneer response click here.

 
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 22:36

The Gift

The Gift: Of Maniacs and Fools and Other Such Gifts

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Dwight K. Nelson

Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and 2 granddaughters.

Seven stages in the life-cycle of a prophet, some of them so human as to question the his/her divine calling, some of them so disturbing that only a fool would desire such a calling.
Saturday, September 11, 2010

More In This Series

08/28/2010
Two divine gifts sustained our Lord for 40 days on His way to that moment in sacred history that became the center of all time and eternity. What would happen if you and I dedicated 40 days centered on these two sustaining gifts?
09/04/2010
Seven chapters of salvation history, seven divine secrets until God himself “spilled the secret” through His chosen confidants. Should the world have expected any less at the end? Consider the revelation and full implications of a miner prophet’s major message.
10/02/2010
It happened long ago when a wedding party and a funeral train passed each other at a crossing that would never be forgotten. Could it be that two modern anniversaries have coincided with a result that will always be remembered?
10/23/2010
The amalgamation of two clashing world views of origins has given birth to a third which appeals to many modern minds, but must forget three biblical revelations to survive.
10/30/2010
“By their fruits you will know them,” He warned. Which makes all the more significant the three great passions of this particular prophetic gift, and the global fruits it has borne.
11/06/2010
Our third millennial skepticism to any claim that God called someone to the role of a modern prophet echoes Jesus’ own warning against false prophets. And yet, the Bible predicts a prophetic ministry in the end time. So, how’s a person to tell the true from the false?
11/13/2010
Plagiarist and usurper of Bible authority, or true messenger of God?
11/20/2010
When someone is called to a prophetic office, we can sometimes learn as much from what they personally experience as from what they overtly teach. Which is why some very profound lessons on how to survive, even thrive, at times of intense suffering are revealed in discovering how she related to hers.
12/04/2010
Last in the Series the Gift
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Blood Drive

 

Celebration of the Cross

Please mark Sabbath, October 3 (9:00/11:45 AM), for a joyful celebration of the Lord's Supper as a worshiping community. While we will participate with actual emblems of bread and wine, because of the pandemic the elements will be prepackaged for your safety. These packaged elements will be available for your pickup at the church office the week before (Monday, September 28 through Sabbath, October 3). On-site worshipers will receive the packaged communion elements upon arriving for worship Sabbath morning.

But how will we celebrate foot washing? We're inviting every worshiper and family to experience Jesus' example in John 13 by washing each other's feet that Friday evening where you live. If you would like someone with whom to share this foot washing, you may either invite a friend to join you or please call Claudia Sowler (269-471-3134) for arrangements. Why not make this foot washing a part of your Friday evening worship as we gather across this community to welcome the Lord of the Sabbath into our homes at sundown?

Then Sabbath morning through music, prayer, the reading, and preaching of the Word ("American Apocalypse: How to Train Your Dragon—By the Blood of the Lamb") let's throw wide our hearts to the Christ we love to worship. "Do this in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19).

4th Quarter Lesson Study Guides

The 4th Quarter Lesson Study Guides are ready for you to pick up at the church office during regular business hours.

Sabbath School Class to Study "Experiencing God"

Pioneer's Bible Journey Sabbath School class will be using the Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (Study Guide) next quarter, beginning October 3. If you have always wanted to read this book, which has changed so many lives, you are welcome to
join us by Zoom. The class meets each Sabbath from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The 270-page study guide, which is conveniently divided into 12 weekly lessons, can be purchased at Amazon.com for $15.99. For more information and to receive the Zoom link each week, please contact Jane Thayer at thayerja@andrews.edu.

Make a Difference as an Online Chat Host

Are you friendly and do you enjoy social media? Then, we have a great opportunity for you to be involved in ministry. Through streaming its services on Facebook Live and our website, Pioneer Memorial Church reaches thousands of people every single week. We’re looking to build a new team of local moderators/hosts for our online chat experiences. You could do this from your home. For more information contact Rodlie Ortiz at rodlie.ortiz@pmchurch.org.

Thank You!

Thank you to all those who helped in any way to promote and support our July 23 Red Cross Blood Drive. That includes the Pioneer pastors and staff and especially the Pioneer Safety Committee who helped us establish COVID-related safety protocols and procedures with the Red Cross for the drive. Thank you to those who recruited someone to give, promoted the drive, helped set up, take down, register participants and
provide refreshments after donations. And, a SUPER SPECIAL THANK YOU to those that Gave The Gift Of Life by donating precious blood. We had one of our most successful summer blood drives ever despite the COVID virus (or, maybe because of the COVID virus). Less people away at camp meetings and traveling and vacationing? Just a hunch. Our next blood drive is scheduled for October 20, 2020 and again on February 24, 2021. Be well and God Bless! -Larry Ulery

Love on the Move

Over the summer and fall of 2019 Pioneer underwent significant physical renovation—including a new roof and a major Sanctuary makeover. During the same time congregation leaders engaged in multiple conversations about our missional renovation—how does a faith community like Pioneer seriously engage and impact the people around us for Christ? From this dialogue emerged a fresh new expression of our Pioneer mission: "Love on the Move."

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